Do-It-Yourself Closet Organization Systems

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Do-it-yourself closet organization systems can make a big difference in how much storage you have available. Increase your home storage and reduce clutter and mess throughout your home by making the most of your closet space with a well-designed closet system. There are a number of options for DIY closet organizers on the market, and choosing the right one can be a challenge. Cost, materials and installation time and difficulty vary.

Do-It-Yourself Closet Organization Systems
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Before you purchase any closet organizer elements, assess your space and what you want to store in that space. Determine roughly how much space you need for hanging clothes, shoes and shelves or drawers. Take accurate measurements of your closet. You might even want to experiment with an online closet design tool to help you figure out what elements of your do-it-yourself closet organizer should go where, for the best use of available space.

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Once you have a rough idea of what you want in your closet organizer, you will need to decide whether you prefer a coated-wire, fiberboard or real-wood closet system. Kits and easily assembled organizers are available in coated wire and fiberboard, but wood will require that you design and build your own closet organizer. If you have good carpentry skills, building your own can be affordable and allow you a very high-quality option. Some systems even combine coated-wire shelves and rods with fiberboard drawer units and cubbies. Compare prices, quality and ease of installation before making your selection. Some systems use telescoping shelves and rods to allow you to avoid measuring and cutting to size.

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While each closet organizer is different, some basic guidelines can help with installation. Mark all of your wall studs before you begin installing your do-it-yourself closet organizer. Be sure you have all the tools you need, especially a drill or cordless screwdriver to speed installation. Make sure you have all the parts you need before you begin, whether you have bought a kit or separate shelves and rods.

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Once your closet system is in place, take the time to go through your clothes and accessories before returning them to the closet. Weed out anything that does not fit or that you do not wear. Use baskets to corral small items on shelves, and invest in inexpensive shelf dividers to keep your new closet system tidy.

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